City of Aspen agrees to no dams in designated wilderness area

The city of Aspen has reached an agreement with five opposing parties in water court over the municipal government’s plans to reserve the right to build dams on Maroon and Castle creeks.

Two of the opposers, Wilderness Workshop and Western Resource Advocates, announced the settlement Thursday evening.

Will Roush, conservation director at Wilderness Workshop, commended the city for finding another way to store its water other than in a designated wilderness area.

“It’s a big deal. … Everybody came to a consensus that these were not the right places for dams,” he said.

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2018-05-25T18:18:40+00:00